Schering Stiftung

Exhibition 

Solo for Ayumi, Photo courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.

Solo for Ayumi, Photo courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Solo for Ayumi, Photo courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.

Solo for Ayumi, Photo courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Solo for Ayumi, Photo courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.

Solo for Ayumi, Photo courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Solo for Ayumi, Photo courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.

Solo for Ayumi, Photo courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Solo for Ayumi, Photo courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.

Solo for Ayumi, Photo courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.
Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Ari Benjamin Meyers

Solo for Ayumi

Ari Benjamin Meyers

Solo for Ayumi

Duration:

January 18 – January 19, 2020

Opening hours:

Saturday and Sunday, from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Venue:

Schering Stiftung
Unter den Linden 32–34
10117 Berlin


The artist Ari Benjamin Meyers and the violinist Ayumi Paul have been friends for more than fifteen years, regularly collaborating on music-based projects. In 2017, the two artists engaged in a correspondence based on Paul’s life, which forms the point of departure of “Solo for Ayumi”. From the approximately thirty letters that she sent him, Meyers chose twelve to which he responded by inscribing them with a multi-part score – directly handwritten on Paul’s letters – composing both a musical portrait and abstraction of the violin player.

From July to August 2017, “Solo for Ayumi” was shown at the Gallery Esther Schipper. Every day for the duration of the exhibition, Paul was present in the gallery space, enacting Meyers’ interpretation of her life on her violin. Each one of Meyers’ score forms a series of individual motifs, part of a bigger composition that the violinist repeats every day, like a mantra.

Alongside this performance, which forms the core of the exhibition, the artist chose to exhibit selected objects and artifacts belonging to Paul as diptychs, paired with the letter-scores. The diptychs are displayed in a museum-like presentation.

In the Project Space of Schering Stiftung, “Solo for Ayumi” will be performed in a new interpretation by the violinist Manon Parent. An accompanying panel discussion is planned.

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Ari Benjamin Meyers on "Solo for Ayumi" 

"Solo for Ayumi" is a further step in confronting the different roles that an object might have, visually and
physically, in relationship to music, as well as ways of displaying and performing music in an exhibition. What is Ayumi actually playing: the objects, scores or a memory?

Off the Record. Artist and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers on exhibiting music, by Ari Benjamin Meyers and Pablo Larios, in: Frieze, 15. August 2017.

Partners 

In cooperation with Esther Schipper Berlin. Photos and text courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin.

Esther Schipper

The artist 

Ari Benjamin Meyers was born in 1972 in New York. He lives and works in Berlin.
Ari Benjamin Meyers’ work explores structures and processes that redefine the performative, social, and ephemeral nature of music. His compositions and performances seek to challenge the relationship between performer and audience.
Trained as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and The Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Meyers became more widely known in the context of the visual and performative arts in 2007 as musical director and conductor of the group exhibition Il Tempo del Postino (Manchester International Festival, 2007, and Art Basel, 2009).
Selected projects and solo exhibitions include: Kunsthalle for Music, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2018); Changing of the Guard, Schauspielhaus Bochum (2018); Symphony 80 (with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra), Lenbachhaus, Munich (2017), An exposition, not an exhibition, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong (2017), Who’s Afraid of Sol La Ti? (Invention I), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2016), Symphony X (Installation Version), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2015), Untitled for Choir (Beating Time), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2015), New Initiative for Europe, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2014), Chamber Music (Vestibule), Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2013-2014).

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Unter den Linden 32-34
10117 Berlin

Telefon: +49 - 30 - 20 62 29 65
Email: info@scheringstiftung.de

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